For those who have been dreaming about video calls the holographic way like what the people from the galaxy far, far away did, well, your dream might just come true. We say ‘might’ cos’ we reserve our right for scepticism since we have yet to see it for ourselves and besides, the fact that the Holus Interactive Tabletop Holographic Display, which is the device in question, does so by turning 2D images or videos, leaves us with some question marks. A 2D image has no depth data and that means turning it into 3D hologram would mean guessing the missing data required to form a 3D image and therefore, it may not be quite the 3D you may have expected.
The device is open-sided box contraption with a glass pyramid within which the media is projected from below. This creates a 3D-like image that can view from any direction which our brain will naturally assume it as a 3D object and since our brain told us so, it must be real, right? Anywho, don’t go around expecting it to project a 3D image of Princess Leia on your table pleading to Obiwan for help. But this is as close you will get to Star Wars kind of holographic technology for now.
While making 2D contents come to live is a rather exciting prospect, especially without the need to wear something, Holus has another more profound effect as we interact with our gadgets. It encourages real-life interaction between people through activities like playing virtual board games face-to-face, as opposed to VR where socializing remains as virtual as the game itself and that’s if there is any socializing to begin with.
However, this future-is-here gadget does not come cheap. The early bird perks on Kickstarter are gone and so, if you want one now (still as a pre-order for March 2016 delivery), it will run you back at $850, or $950 for the slighter larger Pro model which comes with SDK for developing apps for the device. Keep going for the product pitch video to learn more.
submitted via TIP US page.